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This is the Hero Express for August 1, 2011:
The Avengers Character Posters – (Spinoff Online & SuperHeroHype)
We saw the combined poster revealed during Comic-Con International, but I promised a better look at the character posters, and I generally deliver on my promises. Like, half the time. 45% of the time. 30%. Just look at the damn posters.
And here’s a little info about the Hulk’s appearance in The Avengers:
He’ll be about the same size he was in “The Incredible Hulk” [which was about 9 feet tall] or maybe a little bit smaller. His muscles won’t be quite as cut. We figure he’s been the Hulk now for a few years and [his physique is changing]. He’s not as cut or as ripped as he was in “The Incredible Hulk.” The most important thing is that face. As you can already see in that concept painting, it is — more than any Hulk that’s ever been done in live action — a Hulk that let’s you see the actor in there. You will be able to see Ruffalo in there. That was a big revelation for us. It’s just a concept painting, but in that you can see the [influence of Marvel Comics pioneer and original Hulk artist Jack] Kirby, as people have already pointed out, but also, and equally important in this case, Ruffalo’s eyes and his cheek structure. It is him.
Stills from The Avengers Teaser Trailer – (GammaSquad)
Marvel released a shortened version of the post-credits Avengers teaser that we first saw after Captain America: The First Avenger, but unfortunately I’m not able to embed it. So you can check out the trailer at the link, or just look at these stills, which pretty much show the exact same thing. And a couple more from Collider:
Clark Gregg Wants A S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series – (Splashpage)
Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, spoke a little about his thoughts on a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series.
In an interview with MTV News, Gregg discussed the future of his silver-screen character in regard to some future television appearances. “It’s been revealed today that I’m already doing ‘Ultimate [Spider-Man],’ ” the actor explained, “which is about Spider-Man and a couple other soon-to-be-released Marvel superheroes who are hiding out undercover in a high school in New York, and Agent Coulson is hiding out as their principal, keeping an eye on them and taking things way too seriously.”
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Promo Images – (SuperHeroHype)
We haven’t seen too much from the second attempt at the Nic Cage led Ghost Rider franchise, so it’s about time we get to see some images. And they are actually not that bad. I think it’s interesting that Idris Elba is currently playing more than one character in the Marvel universe and recieving NO flak for it, but Chris Evans has been taking shit for a while now. Anyways, here are the pictures of Ghost Rider, a toupee wearing Nic Cage, and Elba riding dirrty.
Ghost Rider Directors Talk About 3D Filming – (Splashpage)
You can check out the video at the link, but here’s the summary of Neveldine/Taylor‘s feelings on 3D and some of the extreme methods used during filming:
“We’ve always wanted to make a 3D movie – we wanted to make [‘Crank: High Voltage’] in 3D,” Taylor told MTV News. “The way that we move the camera and the sort of manic pace of our action… we always thought it would be sort of amazing and nauseating and fantastic in 3D.”
The added dimension of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” won’t be the only thing leaping off the screen, however, as the crew took several unique approaches to achieving the directors’ signature visual style, techniques that managed to impress even film veteran Nicolas Cage.
“I’ve never shot a movie with directors like this before,” the “Ghost Rider” star told MTV News. “[Neveldine] would hold onto motorcycles on rollerblades with the camera, literally risking his life to get the shot.”
Clearly pleased with the result of their daredevil filming techniques, Taylor added an enthused: “Let’s see Scorsese do that!”
Ghost Rider‘s Johnny Whitworth Talks Blackout – (CBR)
Facing off against the returning Nicolas Cage’s Johnny Blaze in “Spirit of Vengeance” is actor Johnny Whitworth, who steps into the role of the villainous Blackout. Whitworth, who got his big break in “Empire Records,” is an interesting choice for the role, but we’re encouraged after chatting him up in a brief one-on-one at CCI last week.
“I’d say with this version of Blackout, he starts off as a sociopath with homicidal tendencies but then becomes a real sadist/psychopath,” Whitworth told CBR News with a grin, relishing for a moment his character’s forecasted bad-to-worse tranformation.
“Mark and Brian took a lot of liberties. I’m not really at liberty to say what they are since i’d give too much away,” Whitworth said. “This is how Mark put it to me when he was talking about the project: If Ghost Rider is the Spirit of Vengeance then Blackout is the Spirit of Decay.”
You can check out more of the interview at the link.
Doctor Strange Script in, Director Needed, STAT – (Twitchfilm)
We’ve talked a little about the possibility of a Dr. Strange movie coming to us from Marvel, but it seems like that just might be more of a reality than before.
Fans have been vocal about wanting a Doctor Strange movie for a while now and there have been rumblings that Marvel was listening, most recently a June, 2010 report that Marvel had hired Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to draft a script. When Marvel hired the Donnelly / Oppenheimer duo they were significantly hotter properties than they are right now, the duo having just been hired to draft the Conan reboot and having turned in a draft of Cowboys And Aliens. With Cowboys not faring so well at the box office and anticipation for Conan sputtering badly the pair may be taking a bit of a hit these days but when Marvel hired them they were hot properties and the signing meant that Marvel was taking Doctor Strange seriously. And they still are.
Twitch has learned that Oppenheimer and Donnelly have now turned in their script and Marvel is pushing forward with the property. Marvel has drafted a short list of directors to approach on the title and is forwarding the current script to each to try and sign someone up to ‘oversee continued development’.
And here’s the big news. The end all beat all news that makes everything above seem like Jerry O’Connell’s brother who acts once a decade. Yea, I went there.
Bane vs. Batman: TDKR Set Photos – (GammaSquad)
The Dark Knight Rises has started filming in Pittsburgh, and we’re seeing a hell of a lot coming from the set. It details a pretty amazing fight scene between Batman and Bane (who we first saw earlier and you can check out here), and while I don’t think Bane is as big as he should be, I love the costume and I think the scene looks pretty great. I also don’t think this is what Bane will finally look like, as this seems to be part of the breakout scene where Bane escapes from Blackgate. So there may be a bigger, venom-fueled Bane with an even bigger fight scene still to come. This is of course still speculation, but there was that very small scene in the teaser where it looks like Bane has increased in size and is approaching a downed Batman. Time will tell, but for now check out and enjoy these photos.
Awesome. Just… just awesome.
First Look at Marion Cotillard on Set of TDKR – (CinemaBlend)
Inception alum was cast quite a while ago, but we haven’t seen squat about her role in TDKR, until now. Unfortunately it still doesn’t reveal a whole lot, but it looks cool. Check her out here, in what looks to be the Blackgate escape scene. At least that’s my take on it.
TDKR Set Videos: Blackgate Explosions and Bats vs. Bane – (Collider)
Sure, pictures are great. But video is even better. So sit back and enjoy:
Again, I can only say awesome. And we haven’t even seen Anne Hathaway in her Catwoman costume yet. I very excite.
And that’s it for this edition of the Hero Express! As always please leave a comment about any of the above stories in the comments section below!